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A 43-year-old man attacked the Republican candidate for governor of New York, Rep. Lee Zeldinat a campaign event in upstate Thursday night.
Zeldin was not injured in the incident, which occurred while he was speaking outside a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Fairport, a town near Rochester.
The attacker, identified by three senior law enforcement officials as David Jakubonis of Fairport, was subdued by members of the audience after he charged at Zeldin, WHEC-TV reported.
According to local media, campaign staff disarmed the man and tied him up with ropeswhile the authorities detained him,
It transpired that the suspect may have had some type of sharp instrument, such as a knife, with which he attempted to carry out the attack.
Zeldin, who represents a congressional district in Suffolk County, Long Island, is campaigning to impeach Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul.
Hochul wrote in a tweet: “Relieved to learn that Congressman Zeldin was not injured and the suspect is in custody.”
“I condemn this violent behavior in the strongest possible terms – it has no place in New York,” Hochul tweeted.
Hochul took office last year after Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace following allegations of sexual harassment by nearly a dozen women.
For his part, Zeldin wrote a tweet in which he thanked everyone who reached out after tonight’s attack in Fairport. He claimed that “someone tried to stab him on stage during tonight’s rally, but luckily I was able to grab his wrist and hold him back for a few moments until others tackled him.”
Trump locked himself in the White House dining room and followed the assault on Capitol Hill on Fox News, ignoring pleas to intervene.
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